Texas Patent of the Month – June 2021

Straight teeth are a commonly sought after aesthetic, with patients wearing braces for years to achieve the results they want. Braces are usually composed of brackets, O-rings, and wires and sit on the front of the teeth. Alternatives, like Invisalign, are clear retainers that can be removed when eating. Both options have drawbacks – many people consider braces unsightly, while others consider alignment retainers cumbersome as they often result in slight lisps. Brius Technologies has developed a new, lingual teeth positioning system -which means it is applied to the back of the teeth.

Their repositioning device is made of a series of spring members that are formed to the arch of your teeth and secured in place with brackets. The springs provide a force that helps to guide tooth movement. Traditional braces have a wire that connects across all brackets, which occasionally leads to unintentional movement of teeth. The brace system designed by Brius Technologies has removed this rigid bar, instead allowing the movement of each tooth to be controlled individually. This system is efficient enough that it requires fewer visits to the orthodontist compared to regular braces. In fact, they believe moving each tooth independently can cut treatment time in half. With the braces positioned behind the teeth, there is no “unsightly” appliance – instead it acts as an “invisible” treatment.

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